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Chlorzoxazone

INFORMATION

Uses

Chlorzoxazone is used for muscle relaxation.

How it works

Chlorzoxazone is a centrally acting muscle relaxant that causes muscle relaxation and reduces muscle stiffness by blocking nerve impulses (or pain sensations) that are sent to the brain of the central nervous system.

Common side effects

Nervousness, Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, Body ache, Dark colored urine, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Liver toxicity, Lightheadedness, Nausea

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Expert advice

  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking chlorzoxazone.
  • Do not take chlorzoxazone, if you are taking sodium oxybate.
  • Do not consume alcohol while you are taking chlorzoxazone.
  • You should be aware that the urine color changes to orange to purple-red after taking chlorzoxazone, which is normal.
  • Consult your doctor if you develop serious liver complications after administering chlorzoxazone.

Frequently asked questions

Chlorzoxazone

Q.Is chlorzoxazone an opiate/ narcotic/ steroid/ controlled substance/ addictive?
No. Chlorzoxazone is mephenesin like centrally acting muscle relaxant that is used to relieve muscle stiffness and pain. It is not a steroid, narcotic, addictive or controlled substance

Q.Does chlorzoxazone be used for recreational purposes?
No, chlorzoxazone or any other drug should not be used for recreational purpose. Use only when prescribed by the doctor

Q.Does chlorzoxazone have aspirin or codeine in it?
No. It does not contain aspirin or codeine

Q.Does chlorzoxazone induce drowsiness/ weight gain?
It is not known to cause weight gain, but may cause drowsiness. If you experience any such side effects, consult your doctor

Q.Is chlorzoxazone like Vicodin?
No. Vicodin, which contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone, is used to relieve general pain. Chlorzoxazone is a muscle relaxant and different drug altogether

Q.Is chlorzoxazone the same as Soma?
No. Soma caontains carisoprodol, another mephenesin-like centrally acting muscle relaxant. However, it totally different from chlorzoxazone

Q.Can I take chlorzoxazone with tramadol, naproxen or ibuprofen?
No known interaction data is available for these drugs. However, it doesn't mean that the chlorzoxazone can be taken with tramadol, naproxen or ibuprofen. Always consult your doctor regarding the drug usage

Q.Can I take chlorzoxazone with hydrocodone/ citalopram/ acetaminophen?
No. It is advisable not to take chlorzoxazone with hydrocodone/ citalopram/ acetaminophen since interactions have been reported for this combination.


Content on this page was last updated on 11 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)